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Shelly Beach

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Address: Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
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US$ 34.34*
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I've never been to Shelly beach despite a few trips to manly! It's so lovely the walk along the coast is lovely from Manly beach. The rocks require pebbles - and there's no surf... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've never been to Shelly beach despite a few trips to manly! It's so lovely the walk along the coast is lovely from Manly beach. The rocks require pebbles - and there's no surf to speak of - which is just what the doctor ordered when the afternoon winds kick up close the beach! (Which is what happened to us!).... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The walk from Manly to Shelley Beach is a well worn one and busy with plenty of people promenading, chatting or enjoying one of the cafes. It's a pleasant stroll and offers access to bathing and sunbathing spots as well as quirky artwork set into the rocks along the way. Shelley Beach is a sandy cove and a relatively small... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed Shelly Beach. The waves don't get much rougher than a lake and its a lot less crowded than Manly. However, it is a walk to get out there. The walk is a nice footpath that isn't hard to do. To get to the water you have to walk on crushed shells but it isn't painful at all.

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Manly, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great walk around the head land, awesome food such a great spot had so many good days / nights at Shelly

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were staying in Manly and it's a great walk to Shelly Beach. It's a quiet little location, as most of the action is on Manly beach 'proper' A great place for breakfast, a great place for children to swim. A great place for all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Loves the walk to Shelly beach had a great coffee at The Boathouse. It was raining but did not matter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Shelly Beach is a great secluded beach that you would easily be forgiven for thinking that the sand, cafe & clear water was the extent of what was there, but it's just the beginning. Under the surface of the water is a great marine reserve. You'll need a face mask, snorkel and find to enjoy the marine life and weedy... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I guess the appeal of this beach is the lack of bounding surf, which makes it good for kids... The walk from the ferry was the best part for us. The beach itself was a zoo, with a film crew there filming a US soap opera. The sand itself was very rough (I guess from no pounding surf), and covered... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Shelly Beach is about a ten-minute northerly walk from the main Manly Beach and lies within the Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve. Dolphins have been known to swim into the bay immediately in front of the beach. Snorkelling is encouraged and makes this beach favourably comparable to Hawaii. A day restaurant called "the Boathouse" is situated directly on the beach front... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to go here a lot when growing up, so going back here more than 15 years later things have changed. Well the place hasn't changed much, but the number of people has. It's no longer the quiet little cover away from Manley, it gets very busy so be prepared. It's still a must visit if you're in Manley.

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Staying in Manly

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Manly
A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.
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